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#4684 of 6385 hard starting when it is cold
Dec 13, 2005 (8:03 pm)
I have a 1994 Ford Explorer that is very hard to start when the weather gets cold. It seems to start fine when the weather is warm, but as it grows colder it get progressively harder to start. When it was down to approximately 10 degrees it would not start at all. As soon as I put it in a warm shop for a few hours it started fine. the other thing that I have noticed is that as the weather gets colder and the vehicle does start it seem to lope for a few seconds before the engine settles down. Any suggestions as to what the problem might be?
#4685 of 6385 Re: 96 Explorer Automatic Transmission [electricdesign]
Dec 13, 2005 (11:40 pm)
The engine is the ford explorer 6-cyclinder 4.0L. I'm not a seasoned pro but maybe by researching how everything works and maybe with the assistance of others who know more than I, this task might be possible.
I will try this Lucas trans stop leak and see how well it works, but I know it will only slow the degrading process. I know sooner or later I will have to face this, so I would rather handle this as smart as I can. I don't have the money for a new car or a transmission. This is my only chance at fixing this. I have a friend who changed the transmission on a Ford Taurus. He told me that he bought a transmission rebuilt kit for about $300 and then replaced the parts that had degraded the most and it fixed the problem. He said the hardest part was getting to the transmission other than that he said that it wasn't that difficult just time consuming. I figured if he's not a pro and he figured it out, then I can possibly do the same. I'll I need is a book that gives me the break down and maybe the necessary steps to follow. Any Ideas or any other suggestions would help greatly???
#4686 of 6385 Re: 96 Explorer Automatic Transmission [96exploder1]
Dec 14, 2005 (5:30 am)
For professional grade repair manuals, search for ATSG and ATSG transission repair manuals. Study the books until you know the transmission inside and out and all the special tools and procedures required. You'll need compressed air, parts cleaner with sovent, Feeler gauges, Dial Micrometer, Dial Indicator,a few specialized tools, general mechanics tools, jacking, stands and a transmission jack to be able to get it out and back in. You will need some professional advice, search for Automotive Repair Forums. Don't buy the parts at a regular automotive parts house, but make friends with your local transmission parts jobber, a place that specializes in transmission parts. They can also give you a lot of good advice.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#4687 of 6385 Replacing Spark plugs / Slight Hesitation
Dec 14, 2005 (3:00 pm)
My 98 explorer (98k miles) has to have spark plugs replaced according to the manual schedule. Do I have to do the cap and wires too? Also, do you think a slight, slight hesitation has to do with the plugs? Or could it be freezing weather with a low tank?
no more k car = good good good
#4688 of 6385 Screaming alternator
Dec 14, 2005 (3:05 pm)
My alternator is supposedly making noise. The service manager told me so when I replaced a fuel line at the dealer. Although in my book it says something about cam chain noise and a 7 yr warranty. Any thoughts? I made an appt for monday at another ford dealer, but it's tough to tell who's honest.
#4689 of 6385 Re: Screaming alternator [dodgekbad]
Dec 14, 2005 (7:22 pm)
" Screaming alternator by dodgekbad Dec 14, 2005 (2:05 pm)
My alternator is supposedly making noise. The service manager told me so when I replaced a fuel line at the dealer. Although in my book it says something about cam chain noise and a 7 yr warranty. Any thoughts? I made an appt for monday at another ford dealer, but it's tough to tell who's honest. "
dodgekbad, The title of your post is "screaming" alternator, but in your messege it is "supposedly" making noise, so is the noise loud or soft? Do you hear it while driving? If the manager had to tell you it was making noise, maybe you didn't notice it until he mentioned it. Is it a whinning kind of noise? You should be able to tell where the noise is coming from yourself if you listen carefully from several different positions. Be very Careful to stay clear of the fan and belt!
#4690 of 6385 Re: Lemon Mountaineer Will not Shift from Drive to Park [ebyers]
Dec 14, 2005 (9:00 pm)
Research your states' Lemon Law! I have a 2004 Explorer - I believe they have the same transmissions and engines. VA Lemon Law says 3 repairs on the same problem it is a LEMON and Ford must either repurchase the car or replace the car - go for it. Ford is buying mine back - AT PURCHASE PRICE!
Ebeyers, did you use an attorney or arbitration?
Reg. Frank R.
#4691 of 6385 Re: Screaming alternator [electricdesign]
Dec 15, 2005 (11:21 am)
Thanks for the reply.
I can't tell where the noise is coming from. Sounds like it could be from the alternator - if I knew where that was - it would help. On the back of my owners book - it says something about a cam chain making noise for that year. Btw, it is a v6 sohc. I figured that might be the source of the noise too. The noise is really noticeable when I have he hood up and the truck is at idle. I can here it faintly while driving and at stop lights however. It is a whine noise too.
#4692 of 6385 antifreeze filling up the resevior
Dec 15, 2005 (3:59 pm)
I have a 98 explorer 4.0 sohc with 72,000 miles, I started noticing it was running low on antifreeze every two weeks,to the point the heat only works when you revs the engine,so happens that the antifreeze is filing up the resevior.I changed the cap and nothing happend.There is no problem with overheating.Could it be the thermostat or do I have bigger problems?
#4693 of 6385 Re: Screaming alternator [dodgekbad]
Dec 15, 2005 (5:00 pm)
You may be able to locate the noise by using a length of small rubber hose, hold one end to your ear, then slowly prod around the alternator and engine with the other end of the hose. Listen for where the noise gets loudest. This is also a good way to locate vacuum leaks. Be SURE to be very careful to NOT get your fingers, hands, or the hose caught in the engine fan or belt!